Academy product George Honeyman has spoken of his pride at becoming Sunderland's new club captain.
The midfielder was handed the armband on a permanent basis by manager Jack Ross, after previous captain John O'Shea opted to leave the club this summer.
And Honeyman admits it's "surreal" to be given the responsibility, but is determined to lead the team to success this season, ahead of the League One campaign opener against Charlton this weekend.
"When the manager pulled me in and told me the news, it was without a doubt the best moment of my career so far," he told safc.com.
“I’ve used the word ‘surreal’ a lot since I broke into the first team a couple of years ago, but this really means the world to me and I can’t wait for the season to start on Saturday.”
"I’m incredibly proud, not only for myself but for my family.
“This is just a small repayment for the number of journeys my parents made when I was little, and for all the times we went back and forth to training and games.
“I’ll do everything I can to make sure we’re celebrating something at the end of the season, as that will be the moment I’ve dreamed of since I came to the club all those years ago.”